Saudi Arabia suspends private sector work for 15 days

      Published on Wednesday, 18 March , 2020      2064 Views     
Saudi Arabia suspends private sector work for 15 days


Saudi Arabia has suspended all private sector work except health and food services for a 15-day period amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

In a statement posted on the SPA website, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development said that workers would be suspended from the main offices of private sector firms for 15 days.




In cases where workers must continue their duties and ensure the availability of supply chains, the number of employees working must not exceed 40 percent of the total at the firm’s headquarters.

In offices and workplace accommodations that have more than 50 people, a ‘sorting point’ will be required at the entrance to check temperatures and see if any symptoms of Covid-19 are present.

Additionally, companies must ensure that there is enough space – as dictated by Ministry of Health guidelines – between workers in offices and workers’ housing. Office health clubs and nurseries are also to remain closed.

Workers who are over 55 or pregnant, suffer from respiratory or immunodeficiency diseases must be granted a 14 day compulsory leave.



There are currently 171 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Saudi Arabia.

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Category Government, Saudi News | 2020/03/18 latest update at 8:03 PM
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